Hamburg vs Darmstadt: Probable Teams, Match Stats and LIVE Blog!
Robert Glatzel will hope to keep Hamburg’s early season momentum going as his club take on Bundesliga 2 leaders Darmstadt in Friday’s Matchday 5 curtain-raiser (kick-off 6.30pm CEST).
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With three wins from four matches so far, Hamburg have shaken off the disappointment of missing out on promotion to join a quartet of teams that set the tone at the start of the season in the second tier. Experienced Glatzel and promising Ghanaian striker Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer have both found the net three times this season in all competitions, the latter having opened his account in the league the last time in the 2-0 defeat of ‘Arminia Bielefeld, who was relegated from the top flight. last season. Laszlo Benes also scored his first goal of the campaign and his first since his summer move from Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend, and the Slovakia international’s creativity and goal threat could be telling in promoting HSV this time around. -this. New signing Jean-Luc Dompe is also an option after leaving Belgian club Zulte Waregem on Thursday.
Darmstadt lost 5-0 at home to HSV last season in a game in which Glatzel scored a hat-trick in the opening 13 minutes. “It really hurt us and could still be a bit in our heads,” said captain Fabian Holland, whose side topped the table before last season’s Matchday 21 defeat. Darmstadt managed to earn a point with a 2-2 draw in northern Germany at the start of the 2021/22 campaign, and they are unbeaten in their last six trips there, while Torsten’s men Lieberknecht have won their last four competitive outings, including their last three in Bundesliga 2.
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- The duo have met eight times in BL2: Darmstadt has two wins against three for Hamburg.
- Darmstadt’s last win in the game came with a 2-1 triumph at Hamburg on Matchday 28 of the 2020/21 season.
- Glatzel’s hat-trick in 2021/22 at Darmstadt equaled the Bundesliga 2 record for first hat-trick also held by Nils Petersen (Freiburg) and Hans Haunstein (1860 München).
- Darmstadt are unbeaten in six trips to the Volksparkstadion, winning four in that span.
- Glatzel has three league goals this season – only Paderborn’s Felix Platte (4) has more in the league.
- Marvin Mehlem and Phillip Tietz are Darmstadt’s joint top scorers with two league goals.
Hamburg: Heuer Fernandes – Heyer, Vuskovic, Schonlau (c), Muheim – Rohr, Meffert, Reis – Königsdörffer, Glatzel, Kittel
Out: Amaechi (ankle), Suhonen (fibula)
Doubtful: Jatta (fitness match)
Coach: Tim Walter
Darmstadt: Schuhen – Zimmermann, Gjasula, Müller – Bader, Schnellhardt, Kempe, Holland (c) – Mehlem – Manu, Tietz
Out: Honsak (ankle), Isherwood (muscular)
Coach: Torsten Lieberknecht